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Couple of runs: 2014-2015 Blizzard X-Power 810 Ti and SRC Racing Suspension

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Just posted this over at http://www.epicski.com/t/124935/blizzard-2015-lineup/60#post_1676243 , then figured it should go in Gear Reviews..

Thought folks might want a quick peek at what's coming for next year. (people love that)

 

Just got off a bunch of runs on the new 2014-2015 Blizzard X-Power 810 Ti IQ 125-81-108 r=18@174cm ($1,100 MSRP).

 

5 out of 5 people I skied with agreed it was a hands-down winner for frontside carving. Unanimous, no question about it.

Stunning edge engagement from the forebody, progressing underfoot and through the end of the tail with unwaivering security and smoothness.  Similar feel to the Head iTitan, but more big-turn bias than shorter-radius turns.  Damp without a heavy feel. Power on-demand if you load it up into an arc and release...you pick the level of acceleration you want. Feels like it is magnetically attached to the surface.  Craves high edge angles under pressure with increasing speed at the end of the turn with elegant transition into the next turn. Complete confidence at speed, quiet, stable and secure with grip at nearly any angle. Does not require olympian-level fitness or focus to ski. Great ski.  I think this might be my reference standard for frontside medium-to-high-speed carving in larger radius turns. Test conditions: Eastern hardpack (dry, dense & squeeky - 5 degrees F), with boilerplate underneath in spots. Perfect carving test surface.

 

 

I also got a single run on the new 2014-2015 Blizzard SRC Racing Suspension 121-70-106 r=13m@165cm ($1,300 msrp) and was blown away at the race grip and rebound available in this ski.  Non-racers might find it has too much grip and zing and can overwhelm the senses if you're not ready, but experts will find this a tool with endless potential for big grins and citizen race podium finishes.  Laser-like grip with a tail that seems to sink into the hardpack and boilerplate with a tenacity and rebound energy to launch people laterally across the hill if they like that kind of thing.  Remarkably controlled and quiet at speed for such a racy race carver.  Roll feet on edge, pressure and release...repeat as needed. Don't get in the back seat, you might not come back.This could be my standard for slalom racecarvers in the coming season.  Great work.  Last year, Blizzard called this ski "A benchmark in terms of agility and edge hold for very athletic skiers"....I agree.

 

 

(sorry...no spy photo of the binding suspension shock absorbing gadget underfoot...I have to leave some things unrevealed !)

 

 

 

post #2 of 13

Great reviews and nice to see Blizzard remaining committed to the "hard snow tools."

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Nice review. Questions about the X-Power: First, the name implies Blizzard's standard Marker oil piston binding. Yet I don't see any attachment points, and the center of the binding appears more like a typical adjustable track. So is this more akin to the old Supersonic or 8.1, with carbon stringers going out to tip and tail, titanal sheets? Second, did you get a chance to do any bumps on the X-Power? IME the non-piston design is a lot more fun in moguls, but since I can't tell which is which here...Third, does it have early rise like the current 8.0 Ti? Or??

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The X-Power seems to be employing the IQ "track" binding system which has no resemblance to the old oil piston binding system.  I like the looks of these, IQ track is acceptable having had them before, Marker oil piston, I'm not interested.

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^^^^ IMO the piston works well for narrower frontside only carvers. Have owned a couple of the G-powers, smooth and straightforward everywhere except bumps. Supersonic was better there, and in softer snow. But I really didn't like the M-Power 8.7 compared to the regular 8.7 for that high 80's niche. Too beefy for a ski that's supposed to go off-piste gracefully. Only skied the 8.1 briefly, but liked it. So yep any update on those without the piston is interesting news...

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The X-Power seems to be employing the IQ "track" binding system which has no resemblance to the old oil piston binding system.  I like the looks of these, IQ track is acceptable having had them before, Marker oil piston, I'm not interested.

You should really try them again Greg. When blizzard switched from the old Vist plate to the marker piston plate on their race skis it transformed them. It really is a good plate (and with 6race pairs with the piston plate and comp 20s I have put my money on it! )
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S'S, I agree completely about the narrow carvers. But I think the issue is that pistons don't fit the mission of skis over 80 mm as well. I have some experience with pistons all the way back to Volkl 6* and the AC series, when it was in front, through the new middle placement. Latter works better IMO but still made 8.7 into a spectacularly mismatched ski for its width. My .02...
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Thread Starter 

See PhilPug's review:
http://www.epicski.com/t/125175/review-2015-blizzard-x-power-810ti

for excellent comments about this very impressive ski.

I agree with Phil 100% on his observations.

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S'S, I agree completely about the narrow carvers. But I think the issue is that pistons don't fit the mission of skis over 80 mm as well. I have some experience with pistons all the way back to Volkl 6* and the AC series, when it was in front, through the new middle placement. Latter works better IMO but still made 8.7 into a spectacularly mismatched ski for its width. My .02...

Could be, Beyond.   As you know I am out of my knowledge zone when it gets past 70 waist!   :D

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Originally Posted by gregmerz View Post
 

The X-Power seems to be employing the IQ "track" binding system which has no resemblance to the old oil piston binding system.  I like the looks of these, IQ track is acceptable having had them before, Marker oil piston, I'm not interested.

That makes two of us!

 

I seem to remember a few years back when all the Blizzard carvers had the IQ system that it was touted (marketed), to facilitate binding to ski center line position flexibility and for being economical in switching the IQ plate/binding between multiple skis? If they'd sell the ski/IQ plate sans binding and assuming a Solly Driver toe would fit i may be interested. As it appears i don't care how great the ski is, the binding doesn't instill confidence.

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It's a solid binding. Have skied a bunch of IQ's, never any issues. 

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It's a solid binding. Have skied a bunch of IQ's, never any issues. 

 

no doubt it is for what it does, but correct me if i'm wrong, their toe-piece looks to only be capable of a horizontal mode of release. I'm not a racer, i want a multidirectional toe piece at the very least until we have better Alpine binding options. 

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Think yes only horizontal. IME, that's fine 4 groomers; prefer upward release 4 soft snow n trees etc.
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